Creative Arts & Writing Contest

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Reflect on the theme “Heroes Around Me” & create an original work in one (or more!) of the following categories:
    • Literature
    • Music
    • Visual Arts
  2. Fill out an Entry Form, and be sure to include your Artist’s Statement (that is 50% of your score from the judges!).
  3. Turn in your artwork and entry form to the Front Office by November 16, 2018!

For questions, contact Risa Carlson, Reflections Chair at reflections@clemenscrossingpta.org

ARTWORK WILL BE JUDGED IN 3 CATEGORIES:  

  • Primary (Grades K-2)
  • Intermediate (Grades 3-5), and
  • Special Artist (for students with challenges as covered in the ADA).

Entries will be reviewed by experienced arts and education judges. All participants will be celebrated with certificates of participation, the top three entries will receive ribbons and the first place entry will receive a medal. The top three entries in each category will move on to the Howard County Reflections Contest; the top three County entries will move on to the Maryland State Reflections Contest, and State winners in each category will compete in the National PTA Reflections Contest.

EVERY entry will be displayed and celebrated at the Enrichment Fair!

 

RULES FOR EACH ARTS CATEGORY

For all categories, remember to fill out the entry form and the Artist Statement , explaining how your artwork relates to the theme. This statement is 50% of the judge’s score, so make sure that you write a thoughtful statement!

LITERATURE

All participants must also follow Official Rules for Participation.
LITERATURE is art in written form. The author (the student submitting the entry) is a person who expresses their original thoughts and ideas through the use of words. Authors submit a single literary work, handwritten or typed, using grade-appropriate grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Collections of literary work (such as poems and short stories) are not accepted. Consider the following literary styles to portray your original work of fiction or nonfiction: Prose, Poetry, Drama, Reflective essay, Narrative, and Short story. An explanation of the storyline and/or the significance of the literature style might be a useful addition to the artist statement. Whether an entry displays formal writing technique or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality, and creativity. Illustrated entries, including books, with pictures drawn by the student author are acceptable; however, only literary content is judged.

Dictation and Typing

  • Students may have their entries typed by another person as long as the original work or a copy of the original work is included.
  • Students in pre-school, kindergarten or 1st grade may dictate to another person who may print or type exact words as spoken by the student.
  • Transcribers should attempt to retain the same level of language and accuracy that is present in the student’s original work.

 
Translation

  • Students for whom English is not their first language may submit literature entries in their own language. An interpretive translation in English must accompany the entry.
  • Translators should attempt to retain the same level of language and accuracy that is present in the student’s original work.

 
Submission Instructions:

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.
  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only.
  • Entry must not exceed 2000 words.
  • Submit entry on 8.5 x 11 paper (one sided only).

 
For handwritten Literature documents: Submit original plus two copies.

  • For Literature documents produced on a computer: Submit electronic file on a CD/DVD/flash drive plus three paper copies.
    • PDF files only
    • Label CD/DVD/flash drive with name, title of artwork, arts category, and division.
  • Number each page and write student’s name on the back of all pages (original & copies).
  • Place CD/DVD/flash drive (if any), printed copies, and student entry form in a full-page closeable manila envelope. Label the manila envelope with name, title of artwork, arts category, and division (example: John Smith,“Heroes Around Me”, Literature, Intermediate, Maryland, Clemens Crossing PTA)

 

MUSIC COMPOSITION

All participants must also follow Official Rules for Participation.

MUSIC COMPOSITION is the process of arranging sounds. The composer (the student submitting the entry) is a person who expresses their original thoughts and ideas through the use of sound changes over time. The composer may submit an entry performed by an individual or group and/or make use of a sound library generated performance of a score composed in its entirety by the student. Composers are not required to perform their composition themselves.

All instruments, sounds, styles, and combinations are accepted. Software may be used to produce an audio recording that does not include commercially pre-programmed imported MIDI or other source files. Entries containing algorithmic composition techniques are not accepted. Whether an entry displays formal composition technique or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality, and creativity. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited.

Presentation & Format: The grade division determines whether musical notation is required:

  • Primary, Intermediate, and Special Artist divisions do not require musical notation. The student may choose to submit iconic (“made-up”), traditional, or tablature notation, if desired.
  • Middle School and High School divisions require notation, either traditional or tablature.
  • Notation software may be used to create a score.
  • Whether the score is handwritten or computer-generated, appropriate instrumentation and voicing are required for the performance.
  • For electronic copies of notation, accepted file type is PDF. Tips for Audio Quality
  • Do not place the recording device on top of an instrument(s) or speakers.
  • Turn off all noise-making devices in the room (air conditioners, fans, telephones, etc.).
  • Record a short test and listen to it. If needed, change the recording volume or microphone location.
  • Record two seconds of silence before and after performing your composition. Submission Instructions:
  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.
  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only.
  • Performance must not exceed 5 minutes in length or 1 GB (one gigabyte) in file size.
  • Record using a CD, DVD, or flash drive. Save as a data file, not an audio CD or DVD movie. Video files are not accepted.
  • Accepted file formats include: MP3, WMA, WAV, ACC, FLAC.
  • Label the CD/DVD/flash drive with name, title of artwork, arts category, and division.
  • Provide score/notation (required for middle and high school) on 8.5 x 11 paper (one-sided only). Do not mount or bind. If provided electronically, provide in PDF format.
  • Number each score/notation page and write name of the student on the back of all pages
  • Place CD/DVD/flash drive, score/notation (if required), and student entry form in a full-page closeable manila envelope. Label the manila envelope with name, title of artwork, arts category, and division. (example: John Smith,“Heroes Around Me”, Music Composition, Intermediate, Maryland, Clemens Crossing PTA)

 

VISUAL ARTS

All participants must also follow Official Rules for Participation.

VISUAL ARTS includes many art forms that are used to create images or scenes. Accepted forms of visual art includes but is not limited to: architecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, crafts, design, dioramas, drawing, fiber work, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and wind chimes. Reproductions or enlargements of other artwork are not accepted. Whether an entry displays use of formal technique or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality, and creativity.

Copyright: Use of copyrighted material, including any copyrighted cartoon characters or likeness, is not acceptable in any visual arts submission, with the following exceptions:

  • Visual artwork may include public places, well-known products, trademarks or certain other copyrighted material as long as that copyrighted material is incidental to the subject matter of the piece and/or is a smaller element of a whole.
  • Visual arts collages may include portions of existing copyrighted works, such as photographs, magazine clippings, internet images, and type cut out of a newspaper, as long as those portions of copyrighted works are used to create a completely new and different work of art. Submission Requirements:
  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.
  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only.
  • 2D artwork (e.g. painting)
    • Dimensions must not exceed 24 inches x 30 inches, including matting.
    • Framed artwork and artwork containing loose materials is not accepted.
    • Paper entries must be mounted on sturdy material. o If the artwork with mat is large enough, put the student entry form in a clear sheet protector, and attach to the back of the mounted artwork. Otherwise, put the artwork and entry form in a full-page re-sealable manila envelope.
    • DO NOT attach student entry form or sheet protector directly to unmounted artwork.
  • 3D artwork (e.g. sculpture)
    • Must be able to be moved for display purposes.
    • Must include packaging materials and 3 photos of the entry (a combination of angles) for judging, ID, and exhibition purposes.
    • Entries that require assembly or repair after transporting will be disqualified.
    • Place the 3 high-resolution photos (300 dpi or higher) and student entry form in a full page closeable manila envelope that accompanies the artwork. o Label the entry and packaging with name, title of artwork, arts category and division.
  • Label the manila envelope (if used) with name, title of artwork, arts category, and division. (example: John Smith,“Heroes Around Me”, Visual Arts, Intermediate, Maryland, Clemens Crossing PTA)

 

Reflections is a National PTA program to encourage all children to participate in the arts for fun and recognition. Students work independently to present their artistic interpretation of this year’s theme. Works can be literature including prose, poetry, drama, reflective essay, narrative, short story; visual art such as drawing, painting, collage;  and musical composition. There is also a Special Artist Division for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.